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In addition to showcasing the work of local and emerging photographers, we run writing workshops and hold regular sociable book related events, inviting authors to read and talk about their work at our popular 'First Thursdays' (and, occasionally, other times in the week). We mark important points in the calendar - World Book Day, International Women's Day, Machynlleth's El Sueño Existe and Comedy Festivals, literary anniversaries and, in 2016 we launched our successful Pythefnos O Farddoniaeth, Pop-Up Poetry Fortnight.
TUESDAY 29 MAY 2018, 7 for 7.30pm, YOUNG PALESTINIANS SPEAK: LIVING UNDER OCCUPATION with authors Anthony Robinson and Annemarie Young
In Palestine today, a second generation of children and young people is growing up experiencing life under occupation. Young Palestinians Speak provides a platform for children and young people, from all over this occupied land. Through this book these young people share with you their dreams and fears for themselves and their country, and in so doing lay open their humanity and offer the hope for a brighter future in Palestine.
They describe family life, they mourn for fathers and brothers in prison, for relatives beyond forbidden checkpoints whom they are unable to see due to travel restrictions. They describe their neighbourhoods being shelled by Israeli soldiers, raw sewage pumped into their families’ fields, siblings beaten or imprisoned for throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers or owning a toy gun.
Their teachers and parents reveal difficulties with learning, problems with aggression and withdrawal, and nightmares that speak to ongoing trauma. Yet at the same time, Palestinian children are much like children everywhere: they talk about their favourite books, foods, and football teams. They organise school plays and argue with siblings about clothes; they chat with relatives on Facebook and play video games with friends who live half a world away.
Anthony Robinson is a full-time writer of books for, about and with children, and a former teacher. He was born in Australia, but now lives in Cambridge, UK, when not travelling for his writing. The main aim of Anthony’s writing is to give a voice to those who are not heard, particularly children. This was the driver for the award winning Refugee Diaries series (Frances Lincoln, 2008-2010), and Street Children (Frances Lincoln, 2014). In addition to giving a voice to young Palestinians, Young Palestinians Speak: Living Under Occupation (Interlink 2017) aims to redress the reporting imbalance surrounding the Palestinian/Israeli conflict.
Annemarie Young writes non-fiction for older children and fiction for young readers. She was a publisher for twenty years at Cambridge University Press before turning to writing. Her belief in the power of books to counter prejudice drove her first non-fiction project, with Anthony Robinson, the award winning Refugee Diaries. Young Palestinians Speak: Living Under Occupation (Interlink, Spring 2017) is their latest joint project. She is also the author of three books in the Big Questions series, written with Michael Rosen, a series which includes a popular title here in the bookshop, Who are Refugees and Migrants? What Makes People Leave their Homes? And Other Big Questions
Young Palestinians Speak: Living Under Occupation is aimed at young adult readers, “yet it overlaps the gap successfully enough to make it a compelling and harrowing read for adults as well”. The book begins with an explanation of what the occupation means for those living within it and a time-line of the events leading to the occupation. Nine sections focus on the places visited by the authors. It is a valuable tool for parents seeking to raise children who are globally aware in a world that increasingly calls for cultural literacy from a young age.
We are grateful to Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru / Welsh Books Council for their financial support for our outreach events.
The Transformative Power of Words (this successful series of poetry workshops is now finished)
a series of four, stand-alone, workshops with visiting poet and educator, Lindy Newns, who writes:
Poetry can terrify and console. Find an intimacy with words, perhaps to make a poem, and you will find out more about yourself, about the power of pauses, about other people through their words. We say the words and let associations curl from between them; images play on the screens of our imagination. Until, almost by chance, we find a poem.
We will examine existing writing as poetry and try our hand at writing our own, exploring the way writers of poems can use structure and imagery to write something which may 'terrify' or 'console', but will certainly open you up to the potential of the written (and spoken) word and give you the chance to let your creativity soar.
The four sessions each take a theme: Caring, Conflict, Protest and, to end on a positive, Celebration. With a range of dates, including one Saturday and different weekdays, variously in our new photography gallery, the bookshop and the MoMA cafe, the sessions are planned to be accessible and inspiring.
Thursday 22nd March 2018, 1.30 - 3.30pm
Venue: MoMA Machynlleth, Y Tabernacl coffee shop
Thursday 12th April 2018, 1.30 - 3.30pm
Venue: Ffotogaleri y Gofeb, Machynlleth
Saturday 21st April 2018, 10.30 - 12.30pm - FOLLOWED BY A READING FROM POEMS FOR GRENFELL TOWER - 12.30pm - 1pm
Venue: Ffotogaleri y Gofeb, Machynlleth
the local reading from Poems for Grenfell Tower will follow Lindy Newns poetry workshop. Lindy's work features in the anthology alongside many other poets moved by and connected to the tragedy - almost a year ago. Poems were invited in any language and up to 50 lines long, and then selected blind by a small review panel. The resulting collection includes 62 poems, four of them not in English but with translations.
David Lammy M.P. in his introduction to the book writes:
"Poems for Grenfell Tower encourages readers to listen and bear witness to the human cost of Grenfell. The poems are able to express the scale of loss, in a way that prose is not able to do — from the empty school chair invoked in Michael Rosen’s piece, to Rachel Burns’s ‘In a Hotel Room, A Father Sits Alone’. Unlike countless newspaper articles and reports in the media, poetry goes some of the way in allowing the reader to understand what is really missing — a child in a schoolroom, a much loved daughter."
meet in the bookshop, before heading up to ffotogaleri y gofeb for the reading - the anthology 'Poems for Grenfell' is available in the bookshop, £10, all royalties to the Grenfell Foundation.
Tuesday 24th April 2018, 10.30 - 12.30pm
Venue: meet in Y Tabernacl coffee shop, MoMA, Machynlleth - the workshop will use the Tannery Gallery Exhibition as a resource
FREE - unwaged/low waged - although space is not limited it helps us if you can call or email if you plan to come along
waged - donation, suggested amount £4 per session
WRITING WORKSHOPS/GWEITHDAI YSGRIFENNU
are programmed twice a year - please get in touch to find out more about the next set of workshops
If you write, or would like to write, from life - memoir, biography, travel writing, nature writing, family history - come along to our monthly guided writing workshops in Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop. (Bydd y sesiynau yn cael eu cynnal yn Saesneg, ond gobeithio y gall y cynghorion, technegau, ymarferion a syniadau gael eu cymhwyso i ysgrifennu mewn unrhyw iaith.)
Your tutor will offer tips, techniques and writing exercises.
Pen'rallt Gallery Bookshop will offer tea, biscuits and an inspiring environment.
Your fellow scribes will provide company, encouragement and new ideas.
Four monthly workshops on the second Tuesday.
£10 per session (£36 for all four paid in advance).
Your tutor: Helen Pendry has taught writing in Higher Education for many years and has also worked as an associate editor. With the support of a Literature Wales bursary, she is currently working on a novel which combines historical biography and fiction.
Saturday 18 February - Saturday 1 April 2017
curated for MOMA MACHYNLLETH
THE DROVERS' ROADS OF WALES AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS
Fay Godwin's, 'The Drovers' Roads of Wales', with Shirley Toulson was published in 1977, early on in a career that spanned 30 years of unmatched photographic book production and exhibiting. Diane and Geoff have made a selection of vintage photographs, from those made by Fay Godwin, for the classic book, The Drovers' Roads of Wales (1977). These have been loaned from the National Library of Wales who purchased the set in 1987. It is 40 years since that original exhibition at the Anthony Stokes Gallery, London and Oriel Bookshop, Cardiff that later toured by The Photographers' Gallery, London. These were in the Pulpit Room gallery at MOMA MACHYNLLETH.
A Day Conference in The Tabernacle, MoMA Machynlleth was organised by Penrallt Gallery Bookshop
AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS surveyed Fay Godwin's landscape work immediately preceding The Drovers Roads and over the ensuing 30 years. We invited major figures in British landscape photography, family members and associates of Fay Godwin, writers and art historians who remember her and her work, to each select an image and write an accompanying extended caption. New silver gelatin, selenium toned prints of this selection have been made especially for this exhibition by her one-time printer Peter Cattrell using the original negatives, released for the purpose by the British Library.
FAY GODWIN . . . AND OTHER PHOTOGRAPHS - A re-titled touring exhibition of this part of the project contextualised by the extended captions written by the selectors provide an unusual, refreshing and very personal appraisal of a life-time's work. Do get in touch if you would like to know more and/or have suggestions for small public or private galleries, educational and other institutions who we might contact as we plan the tour during the coming three years. A showing of Malachite Films 'Don't Fence Me In' shown earlier this month (January 2018) at The British Library, could also be included.
ABOUT OUR Regular EVENTS
Besides the exhibition openings and gallery talks, we host monthly readings and discussions on the First Thursday of each month. Entry is free, with homemade cake, cheese scones and hot drinks provided. They are always well supported, so try to book early.
First Thursdays are popular not only with our customers but with the authors too, who find the intimate atmosphere and knowledgeable and enthusiastic audiences very much to their liking. These are sociable events, where people have the opportunity to meet others with similar interests. Some of the readings are in Welsh, some bi-lingual and some in English.
During the annual Mach Comedy Festival on May Day bank holiday weekend, we have a Lazy Sunday Morning event, with one of the performers from the festival who loves books. So far, this has included Josie Long, Rob Newman and Nat Luurtsema, Bridget Christie. These again are free, and usually packed! The Comedy Festival is great for Machynlleth – it's really well organised and at least doubles the population of the town. To find out more.